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Active vs Inactive B vitamins (and why you should read the labels)

by Bump Plus on Jan 17, 2024

Active vs Inactive B vitamins (and why you should read the labels)

Of the 13 essential vitamins that our bodies need to maintain good health, eight of them are B vitamins (also known as B complex or B-group vitamins).

B vitamins help with a range of internal processes that allow our bodies to extract energy from foods, for essential cell production, to transport oxygen, and name new DNA.

This is why you need lots of it when you’re trying to grow a whole new human!

What else does it do?

  • Increased maternal energy 
  • Stabilises blood sugar levels 
  • Boosts immune system
  • Decreased the risk of birth defects 
  • Can support breast milk production 
  • Supports baby’s brain and nervous system development 
  • Improved digestion 
  • Can ease morning sickness 

Inactive B vitamins are cheaper, highly synthesised versions of those naturally occurring in our bodies.

These vitamins typically need to undergo a series of complex conversion processes to be activated by the liver and/or the kidneys. Only then can they be absorbed within the digestive tract before being used by the body.

Activated B vitamins are readily available to be absorbed by the body because they don’t have to be activated through internal processes before being utilised. This ready-to-absorb state is also referred to as increased ‘bioavailability’, something you may have heard us talking about a lot :)

We think it is important to give your bodies everything they need for this highly demanding phase in the optimal doses to be useful. What’s the point of taking a multivitamin otherwise?

To do this our experts have taken great time and care sourcing the highest quality, readily available ingredients your body (and your bubba) are going to love!